martial law

the law temporarily imposed upon an area by state or national military forces when civil authority has broken down or during wartime military operations.
the law imposed upon a defeated country or occupied territory by the military forces of the occupying power.

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martial law
the rule of law established and maintained by the military in the absence of civil law

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Example sentences
Martial law is the temporary military rule imposed upon a civilian population.
Sometimes the best way to behave better when you are weak is to impose martial
  law upon yourself when you feel strong.
And he ends by threatening martial law upon all future transgressors.
Only one day later, the government declared martial law.
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